Led by Songhur Balkhi and Lulu the Spy, the Ayyars Slit the Throats of Prison Guards and Free Sa'id Farrukh-Nizhad
The oversized manuscript known as the Hamza- Nama was commissioned by the Mughal emperor Akbar (reigned 1556–1605). All of its paintings are on cloth, with Persian text written on paper glued to the reverse. The pages were probably displayed in storytelling performances. The Hamza-Nama is an adventure tale about the first generations of Muslims. This painting is typical of the series, with multiple figures in active stances set within a sumptuously decorated courtyard. The subject is a night raid on a prison, with the heroes killing their captors in order to free their comrades.
Opaque watercolor and gold on cotton cloth
sheet: 30 7/8 x 24 1/2 in. (78.4 x 62.2 cm)
image: 26 15/16 x 20 1/2 in. (68.4 x 52.1 cm) (show scale)
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Indian. Led by Songhur Balkhi and Lulu the Spy, the Ayyars Slit the Throats of Prison Guards and Free Sa'id Farrukh-Nizhad, 1557-1572. Opaque watercolor and gold on cotton cloth, sheet: 30 7/8 x 24 1/2 in. (78.4 x 62.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 24.46
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